Fishing in Dubrovnik is familiar to Game of Thrones fans as well as everyone else. The view of the city from the boat alone is an unforgettable experience, but when you have a chance to catch a big fish that swims in the waters off of Dubrovnik, that’s when the true adventure begins.
The Big fishing adventure lasts for 10 hours, and in that time you get to know the procedures and techniques of fishing for the biggest sea predators.
The captain shows you how to handle the equipment, what to do when the fish bites, and how to get it on the deck.
Once you know the basics it’s a waiting game of whose rod will go off first. When that happens, the true fun begins.
When fishing is over, you return to the port, hopefully with lots of tuna stored in your boat freezer. The trip ends in the late afternoon or early evening.
If you want a special experience, you can order a 3 or 4-course top-quality dinner prepared by a private chef on the boat, together with quality wine of your choosing.
Atlantic Bluefin tuna is the main species of tuna found in the Mediterranean sea, and with that, in the Adriatic. With the oldest specimens being more than 50 years old and weighing more than 300 kg, this fish is one of the greatest predators who dwell in this part of the ocean.
Their body is one of an elite killer; it’s aerodynamic, muscular, and slick, which enables the tuna to move quickly through the water while making an attack on its prey. Short retractable pectoral fins distinguish the Bluefin tuna from other tuna families. Adding to the speed is the perfect eyesight, which is thought to be the sharpest of all bony fish. One of the highest concentrations of blood hemoglobin amongst fish also helps the bluefin tuna to catch their prey, by enabling them to store more oxygen.
Smaller tuna mostly eat crustaceans, squid, and small fish, while the larger species mostly attack the shoals of fish such as mackerel and other bluefish. There are no reports of tuna ever attacking a larger species and there have been no attacks on a human.
Atlantic bluefin tuna inhabits the whole mediterranean sea with the exception of the Black sea, where it went extinct. The warm water pockets formed by Italy and the Balkan countries that border the Adriatic sea are a perfect spot for tuna to live and reproduce. No strong currents, mild climate, and a sea rich with fish are the reasons the population of tuna is flourishing. Their population is especially large around Croatian islands.
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This predator is a competitor of tuna, but it’s not as widely spread in the Adriatic sea, leaving more living space for its contestant.
With its muscular, aerodynamic body it can reach a speed of over 100 km/h. Its distinct colors are dark blue and silver, with a distinctive black fin on the back. It has a very special ability of being able to see very well in the dark, so its prey isn’t safe even at night.
Swordfish travel in pairs or in small groups and they hunt together, targeting smaller fish in the open water.
Most swordfish in Croatia inhabit the central Adriatic, they live in the open sea in greater depths and are not easy to catch.
The Mahi-mahi or dolphinfish is a less known inhabitant of the Adriatic sea, as it is usually associated with tropical places due to its diverse colors. On its body, you can find a mixture of gold, green and yellow, with some silver added on the belly.
The average lifespan of a dolphinfish is 5 years and in that time it can grow up to 1.5 meters in length and weigh more than 40kg.
Although the fish in the Adriatic sea are a bit smaller, they can still exceed the length of 1 meter and the weight of 30kg.
Their main prey is smaller fish gathered in shoals in the upper layers of water on the open sea.
The best time for catching the mahi-mahi is in the autumn months, from September to November, when they migrate closer to the shore.
Captain Pero is a fishing enthusiast who grew up by the sea and has been in love with fishing since he was a little boy. Progressing from fishing for small fish without a boat, he is now a successful big-game angler with numerous awards from Wicked Tuna Croatia. He works near the town of Dubrovnik. There is no better combo than visiting the historical town and then going fishing for the prehistoric ocean predator with Pero.
The price is per boat, no matter how many anglers are fishing. If there’s not enough of you to fill the boat, there’s a chance during high season to join more individuals until the boat is full and then split the expenses. Fill out the contact form for more information.
If the forecast is not suitable for fishing (lots of rain, big waves) and the captain decides it’s not safe to go fishing, the trip is postponed or canceled and you get a refund.
You’ll need proper clothing, sunscreen and lots of enthusiasm. The complete list can be found here.
Your captain is going to be the captain of the ship. Captains have immense knowledge of the terrain they’re fishing, they know the secret spots and location of the fish so you’ll have the best chance of catching a good fish.
You can choose the trip that is closest to you or if you specifically like one of our captains, you can also take a drive to the harbor where his boat is docked and join him. List of tuna fishing captains
Your fishing permit is already included in the price.
This differs from trip to trip. On most trips, you get drinks and snacks, on some even a proper meal, but that does not apply for all charters. To be sure, check the details of your trip.
If you want to book accommodation before or after the fishing trip, let us know and we will organize your stay.